15 Hilarious Halloween Costumes for Dogs
by Jessi Larson
Halloween is fast approaching, but don’t fret – there’s still time to find an awesome costume for your dog.
Dressing your dog up is humorous no matter what, but it’s even better when you pick a funny, entertaining outfit.
We scoured the internet and found the 15 most hilarious Halloween costumes out there. Get ready to ROFL.
Dumb and Dumber Tuxedo
Oh my gosh, you guys, this is a thing! Remember the 1994 classic comedy Dumb and Dumber and the epic scene where Harry and Lloyd dress up in matching tuxedos for the ball? They actually have these costumes for dogs!
If you have two dogs, how much fun would it be to dress them up like this? Or, you could find a friend with a pup and pair them together.
Carrying Pumpkin Costume
This unique costume is cute, cuddly and funny all at once. It looks like your dog is doing some heavy pumpkin lifting, but that’s the beauty of the mind-bending design.
Another bonus: It’s nice and warm for dogs who are freeze furbabies.
Madonna Blonde Ambition Outfit
It’s so wrong, it may just be right. If you’re like us, you haven’t thought about Madonna and the cone bra for years. But now that you see it in dog form, it may be time to resurrect this iconic look. This costume is likely to shock and delight.
UPS Dog Uniform
Who thinks these things up? We would never have thought to put our dog in a UPS uniform. But when you see it, it feels so right. This costume is a good option for dogs who don’t want something covering their entire body. As you can see, it only goes around their neck and front legs.
Puppy Pirate Costume
Arrrrrr you looking for an adorable dog costume that’s also funny? This puppy pirate outfit could do the trick. Like a few of the other costumes noted above, this one makes it look like your dog is walking on two legs, which is always hilarious. And then there’s the hook hand. We can’t get enough.
Hawaiian Hula Dog
This costume is goofy and slightly inappropriate. But on the plus side, it’s guaranteed to get laughs and, thinking practically, there’s not that much material to it, which means your dog is more likely to keep it on throughout the night.
There aren’t many costumes we found that are hilarious and tough all at once, but this one fit the bill. Created by Animal Planet, the raptor costume is cute and entertaining.
If you have a sweet little dog, how much fun would it be to dress them up as a fierce predator? The juxtaposition is magic.
Hot diggity, this is a cute costume. We love the straightforward simplicity of this get-up. It’s goofy and lots of fun.
Um, how awesome is this costume? There’s something that just brings a smile to your face when looking at this outfit. So fun, so silly, so right.
We cannot get enough of this costume. Waldo is such an iconic character, and this does a great job of translating the look into a perfect costume for canines.
Bonus: How much fun would it be to dress up as Wenda to complement your dog’s look?
For many of us, fancy coffee drinks are a major addiction. This costume celebrates the love of lattes in a perfect pup-sized costume.
Shark Pet Costume
Be honest, you smiled and maybe even laughed when you saw this? It totally looks like a shark is taking a bit out of the cute little dog. Don’t worry, your dog will be perfectly safe in this shark-tastic costume.
Skunk ‘lil Stinker
It’s Pepe Le Pup! Your dog will be the life of the party in this fun, odor-free costume. The design is also warm for those cold autumn nights.
Sushi Pet Costume
This. Is. Amazing. If you’re looking for a unique costume that is entertaining and hilarious, look no further.
Squirrel Pet Costume
And last, but certainly not least, is this goofy squirrel outfit. Dogs love to chase squirrels but never seem to make much progress, so if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em, as they say.
As responsible dog owners, it wouldn’t be right if we didn’t add a disclaimer note. No matter how fun the costume, if your dog isn’t having it – because they don’t like wearing clothes, it scares them, whatever the reason – don’t force it.
But, if your dog doesn’t mind dressing up and you have a killer costume, spread the laughs!
8 Ways to Celebrate Halloween With Your Dog
Now that you’ve found your pup a costume here are some great ideas for how you can include them in the holiday!
Help handing out candy
This isn’t for every dog. But for some, they prefer to be in the know and see what’s going on at the door versus sequestered away. So, you can enlist the “help” of your dog to pass out candy to trick-or-treaters.
How does this work? Well, you can either have your dog on a leash next to you. Or if you have a screen door, you can drop the glass down and hand out candy through there if possible. If that doesn’t work, instead open the door just slightly so your dog can’t wiggle out.
Having your dog close to the action is fun for you and lets the kiddos see your cute furball. Just make sure your dog has the right temperament for this as well as a collar with emergency contact info just in case they get out.
Go to a pumpkin patch
Many local orchards allow dogs, as long as they are well behaved and on a leash. Check local listings and see if there is a pumpkin patch in your area where you can bring your pup.
It’d be such a fun way to include your dog in the fall festivities and enjoy a nice autumn day outside together.
Host a pup-friendly party
If you’re having people over on Halloween, why not invite their dogs as well? That way the poor pups don’t have to sit at home alone while there is lots of commotion and confusion outside.
It’s kind of a win-win. The dogs can play together and keep each other entertained, all under the watchful eye of pup parents.
Find local activities
Check out your local newspaper or community social media groups to see if there are any fun fall activities going on where you can bring your dog.
Play in the leaves
For many regions, October means changing seasons and falling leaves everywhere. If you own a home, you know the struggle to keep up with raking. And many people tidy up their yard hurriedly before Halloween trick-or-treaters come romping through.
How in the world can you make this chore a little more fun? Well, it involves your four-legged friends.
This may set your progress back a little bit, but it’s so much fun to invite your dog out to play with you in the piles of leaves. The joy on their face is so heart-warming! And it’ll give you added energy to keep going with your fall chores.
Participate in a dog costume contest or a pet parade
So this is totally a thing. Many communities now hold pet parades where residents bring their dressed-up dog and they walk together in a parade. How freaking adorable is that?
Or you can also find local dog costume contests. Pup parents bring their furballs together for the chance to take home the award for best costume. And honestly, while it is cool to place in a competition, the real fun is to see all the adorable dogs together and watch your dog having such a good time.
Enjoy a fall getaway
Another fun way to celebrate the season is with a fall getaway that includes your pup. Head over to Bring Fido, an awesome website that lists pet-friendly hotels, resorts, restaurants and more, and see if you can find any cool ideas for a beautiful fall vacation with your furball.
Treat your dog to a pet hotel stay
Let’s face it, for some dogs, Halloween is a really scary time. Kids running up and down the streets yelling and ringing doorbells. Strangers in your yard. Spooky decorations. Crazy costumes.
The best way for your dog to ring in the holiday may be far away, in the comfort of a doggy daycare or pet hotel. They can romp around, blissfully unaware of the surrounding chaos. That may just be exactly what they need.